2011 MLB Preview
Boston Red Sox (96-66) - Good team that got better; great pitching depth should make them top team in the AL.
New York Yankees (93-69)* - Certainly good and experienced enough to win now; need another starter or two.
Tampa Bay Rays (86-76) - Lost far too many key pieces to be a factor once again in such a tough division.
Toronto Blue Jays (77-85) - Surprised with power and pitching last year; should be yet another rebuilding year.
Baltimore Orioles (74-88) - Added players to make lineup respectable; bad pitching holds them back again.
Detroit Tigers (91-71) - Most talented team in this division as long as young pitching and back of rotation performs.
Minnesota Twins (88-74) - Major injuries and declining star production will once again take a toll on this team.
Chicago White Sox (87-75) - Perennial underperformer and will be once again; dangerous if they get good pitching.
Cleveland Indians (72-90) - Four years removed from ALCS, this team has fallen further than any in that span.
Kansas City Royals (68-94) - Last-place team that traded away its best player; expect another miserable year.
Texas Rangers (92-70) - Defending AL champs lose ace Lee, but will be able to coast with great bats in lousy division.
Los Angeles Angels (85-77) - Good enough talent to compete; nowhere near as good as they were at their best.
Oakland Athletics (79-83) - Made small additions to what was an average team; still a few years away from success.
Seattle Mariners (72-90) - Headed in the right direction with big-time prospects; won't be a factor in 2011.
1) Miguel Cabrera, 1B - Detroit
2) Robinson Cano, 2B - New York
3) Josh Hamilton, OF - Texas
4) Kevin Youkilis, 3B - Boston
5) Nelson Cruz, OF - Texas
6) Evan Longoria, 3B - Tampa Bay
7) Adrian Gonzalez, 1B - Boston
8) Alex Rodriguez, 3B - New York
9) Carl Crawford, OF - Boston
10) Joe Mauer, C - Minnesota
1) Felix Hernandez, SP - Seattle
2) CC Sabathia, SP - New York
3) David Price, SP - Tampa Bay
4) Clay Buchholz, SP - Boston
5) Justin Verlander, SP - Detroit
6) Jon Lester, SP - Boston
7) Dan Haren, SP - Los Angeles
8) Mariano Rivera, CL - New York
9) Jered Weaver, SP - Los Angeles
10) Jake Peavy, SP - Chicago
Philadelphia Phillies (98-64) - Best starting rotation the game has seen in years; prohibitive World Series favorite.
Florida Marlins (86-76) - Good young starters complemented by solid bats; should stay in running for Wild Card.
Atlanta Braves (84-78) - Pretty solid team all-around; transition year with new manager and unproven bullpen.
New York Mets (79-83) - Will try to make one more run with core players; far too much uncertainty to contend.
Washington Nationals (73-89) - Moving in the right direction talent-wise; potential to be an elite in a few years.
Cincinnati Reds (91-71) - Breakout team of 2010 certainly has enough offense and pitching to win division again.
St. Louis Cardinals (90-72)* - Loss of Wainwright turns them from an elite to merely another good Cardinal team.
Chicago Cubs (86-76) - Another case of big paychecks coming up small; potential of breakthrough with new manager.
Milwaukee Brewers (85-77) - Top of the rotation is among the best in baseball; aren't really scary anywhere else.
Houston Astros (73-89) - A perennially consistent franchise has faded into anonymity; who's on this team again?
Pittsburgh Pirates (64-98) - The low of lows; have been consistently bad with the arrow pointing down, not up.
Colorado Rockies (94-68) - Tremendous amount of young talent; potential of being an elite team for seasons to come.
San Francisco Giants (88-74) - Defending World Series champs have makings of good rotation with bigger makings of a hangover.
Los Angeles Dodgers (84-78) - Have faded over two seasons and could be headed for disaster with new manager.
San Diego Padres (75-87) - 2010 overachiever loses best player; regression and fade into irrelevance is a certainty.
Arizona Diamondbacks (74-88) - One-time perennial playoff threat has become one of league's cellar dwellers.
1) Troy Tulowitzki, SS - Colorado
2) Albert Pujols, 1B - St. Louis
3) Joey Votto, 1B - Cincinnati
4) Carlos Gonzalez, OF - Colorado
5) Hanley Ramirez, SS - Florida
6) Ryan Braun, OF - Milwaukee
7) Jason Heyward, OF - Atlanta
8) Buster Posey, C - San Francisco
9) Jayson Werth, OF - Washington
10) Ryan Howard, 1B - Philadelphia
1) Cliff Lee, SP - Philadelphia
2) Roy Halladay, SP - Philadelphia
3) Ubaldo Jimenez, SP - Colorado
4) Tim Lincecum, SP - San Francisco
5) Josh Johnson, SP - Florida
6) Clayton Kershaw, SP - Los Angeles
7) Matt Cain, SP - San Francisco
8) Zack Greinke, SP - Milwaukee
9) Brian Wilson, CL - San Francisco
10) Mat Latos, SP - San Diego
League Division Series
Boston over Detroit in 4
Texas over New York in 5
Philadelphia over St. Louis in 4
Colorado over Cincinnati in 5
League Championship Series
Boston over Texas in 5
Philadelphia over Colorado in 6
Philadelphia Phillies over Boston Red Sox in 6
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